Stratford, William Samuel, 1791-1853 (naval officer and astronomer)
- Existence: 1791 - 1853
William Samuel Stratford (1791-1853) was born on 31 May 1791. He entered the navy in 1806, and was engaged in naval business in the North Sea, 1809-1815. He was promoted to lieutenant in 1815, but was not engaged offshore after that year. Thereafter, Stratford studied astronomy, and became Secretary of the Astronomical Society on its foundation in 1820. He was appointed Superintendent of the Nautical almanac in 1831, and made a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1832. He died on 29 March 1853.
Found in 3 Collections and/or Records:
Notebooks, with some additional loose sheets, containing calculations made at the Nautical Almanac Office by various assistants under Stratford's supervision, relating to Halley's Comet, 1835-1836, 1827-1838
Includes a final proof of Ephemeris of Halley's Comet 1835-6 (Nautical Almanac Office, 30 December 1835), in which the first results of these calculations were published.
Mainly consist of astronomical calculations, including work relating to Halley's Comet. Also includes some accounts and draft regulations for the London Chemical Society.